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Who doesn’t love little girls’ fashions?  These days, there are so many fantastic options for every type of minifashionista.  But for some, that selection is overwhelming and they need assistance sorting through everything and then figuring out how to style it all.  That’s where Kid Things comes in.  Read all about the process of working with them via text on my prior post.   They basically save busy moms the time and effort it takes to manage their little ones’ wardrobe needs helping to navigate brands, keep up with growth spurts, and prepare for changing seasons and occasions.  I tried out their service and was happy with the selections, quick shipment time and friendly service.

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Featured here are the preppy striped whale shorts from Vineyard Vines that I styled with items already in our closet.  This is a classic piece that I can see her wearing all summer long, perfect for all our New England adventures.

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I also made sure to request some casual, easy summer dresses because in the past year, my minifashionista has developed such a penchant for wearing dresses that is nearly impossible for me to convince her to wear much of anything else.  But most of her dresses are for fancier occasions, not for the playground and everyday.  Kid Things came to the rescue with this super comfy striped number by preppy brand, Busy Bees.  I styled it with colorful stacked bracelets, beaded necklaces, a pom pom gladiator found from an online sample sale, and a floppy pink hat to match.  She loved it.

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The other dress I fell in love with was this graphic printed tank dress by Nui.  It’s organic cotton, was super soft to the touch and I loved the modern look.  This dress can easily play on the slide and then transition into a going out piece with the right accessories too.

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Next up came this ruffle navy sleeveless top which is sure to be a summer go-to piece given that it can match with so many items in J’s wardrobe.  I can see it layered under rompers and dresses, to being paired with skirts, jeans and shorts as pictured above.  It’s by a premium brand, Splendid which is known for its easy breezy, carefree pieces.  (Don’t you just love how my little one hams it up for the camera??)

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Lastly, this cotton drawstring dress screamed summer with its ice cream print and I just couldn’t resist.  Molo is the designer of this dress and I paired it with a hand-me down cardigan, MY headband from the Gossip Girl days (now hers), and sample sale gladiator sandals.  We plan to host an ice cream social this summer in this dress and it looks like J is ready!

Overall, there were some really cute pieces that introduced me to great new brands.  My minifashionista’s closet is fully prepared for our spring / summer needs and it was a true pleasure working with my Kid Things personal stylist who helped shop the pieces with me. Thank you to Kid Things who granted us a complimentary trial!  What outfit was YOUR favorite??

 

 

This was a sponsored post but as always, all opinions expressed are my own.

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It’s always exciting to try out new kid services and fashion programs so when I was asked by Kid Things to try out their new text shopping solution for busy parents I jumped at the chance!  If shopping on the go and partnering with a professional stylist sounds intriguing to you too, you should try it out!  All it takes is is entering your cell into their website GetKidThings.com (you won’t get spammed with ads or be pressured into any sales).

 

 

 

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I tried this process and was immediately greeted by a friendly stylist named Michelle who happily searched through the brands they work with to help me with my request.

 

 

 

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They select from trusted, quality brands such as the ones below.

 

 

 

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And their stylists are available pretty much 24/7 to answer all your styling needs, and to offer options that fit your needs.  I imagine that it would be the perfect thing for busy moms on the go who either find it hard to keep up with their children’s ever-changing sizing and styling needs and/or for the mom who doesn’t particularly enjoy shopping.  I personally love shopping for kids’ clothes and enjoy the styling but I still benefited from the service.

I sent her a photo of a couple of shorts that I needed tops for along with a general request to see some casual dress options for my 4 year old to play in this summer.  We went back and forth with about 20 pictured pieces until I got exactly what I loved.

 

 

 

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And it was great because the options were pre-edited.  Instead of wasting time browsing 10 brands’s sites, I found myself feeling extra productive getting my to do list done while this stylist browsed and edited the 10 sites for me.  It’s quite the VIP experience having an on-call stylist on hand!

Kid Things styles for newborns – 9 year old children, offers free shipping for orders over $100 and allows you to track your shipment.  Plus they’ve partnered with Educare, a non-profit kids’ education charity to donate a portion of their proceeds so you can feel good knowing your shopping benefits those in need.  What do you think?  Would you use Kid Things?  Stay tuned for my follow-up post where I show you what we chose and how we styled the pieces!

 

I received product in exchange for this review but as always the opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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There we are to the left, sitting next to the runway.  I marvel at how I’m living my dream being able to take my daughter to these fashion shows.  As a little girl, I remember watching runway shows on TV wishing that I could one day see one live!  And here I am having not only attended hundreds of shows in my lifetime, but also sitting front row with my toddler in tow letting her watch the lineup before her very own eyes.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Models walk the runway during petitePARADE at Children's Club January 2017 at Jacob Javits Center on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for petitePARADE )

And I can’t get over how much she enjoys them so! Here she is doing her own sassy pre-show catwalk and dance.  (Where did she learn these moves???)

As always, she had to have her own turn on the runway.  So when I saw other moms post-show put their babies up on stage for a photo or two, I obliged mine.  And course, she didn’t want to ever get down from there. .

child models, kid models, new york models, fabgabblog, fabgab, runway show, kids fashion showAs you can see from the runway finale recap, there were so many fantastic looks on the Children’s Club Petite Parade runway! And for me, the accessories really made some of the looks!  Like check out this furry, royal crown and leopard oxfords on this handsome boy below.  Such a standout!  The crown is from Oh Baby!

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Sometimes the socks stole the show!

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Speaking of socks, don’t you just love how this bowtie below matched the socks?

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: A model walks the runway wearing Lili Gaufrette during petitePARADE at Children's Club January 2017 at Jacob Javits Center on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for petitePARADE )

I’m a sucker for girls in bowties.

I loved this mini model and her sword.  Now that’s a killer accessory!

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: A model walks the runway wearing Angel's Face during petitePARADE at Children's Club January 2017 at Jacob Javits Center on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for petitePARADE )

She’s like an exotic warrior princess!

Juliet and I pointed out how so many of the kids wore those lace-up military style boots (which Juliet also owns).  Ooh how on-trend we were!

And check out this one’s mod look.  I love the mismatched socks, (too cute!) and that CROWN and dress!! AHH kids’ fashion has me like !!!

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: A model walks the runway wearing Carlucci Kids during petitePARADE at Children's Club January 2017 at Jacob Javits Center on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for petitePARADE )

Here’s another sophisticated, modern look that proves that girls don’t have to just wear pink and purple to look fabulous!

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: A model walks the runway wearing Bleu Comme Gris during petitePARADE at Children's Club January 2017 at Jacob Javits Center on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for petitePARADE )

I’m totally planning to steal this camo+ black tutu + graphic black/white tee shirt outfit idea below!

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: A model walks the runway wearing Lil XO Kings during petitePARADE at Children's Club January 2017 at Jacob Javits Center on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for petitePARADE )

And my favorite looks of the night…

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: A model walks the runway wearing Angel's Face during petitePARADE at Children's Club January 2017 at Jacob Javits Center on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for petitePARADE )

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Models walk the runway wearing Wild and Fierce during petitePARADE at Children's Club January 2017 at Jacob Javits Center on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for petitePARADE )

I can’t. I just can’t.

 

Which of these were your favorites??  For some more of our past coverage of Petite Parade’s kids fashion shows click here!   

‘Til next time!

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Juliet is just 3.5 but being the NYC minifashionista that she is, she has already seen over 20 fashion shows with me. The girl has seen a lot of runways.  And she has in turn made NY her runway.  Watch out world, she is taking the city streets by storm! So when we were invited to see the BKLYN ROCKS kids’ fashion show at City Point in Downtown Brooklyn November 9th, we knew we had to be there (if only to get to wear this outrageous outfit).

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Plus BKLYN ROCKS promised to be jam-packed with celebrities like Derek Jeter, Teresa Giudice (housewives of NJ), and Nigel Barker whose kids walked the runway in Haddad Brands clothes by Nike, Jordan, Levi’s and Converse.

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The show opened with Fabolous giving a shout out to his Brooklyn roots and namesake non-profit organization A Fabolous Way, which helps New York communities in need. 

City Point, Kids Foot Locker, And Haddad Brands Present BKLYN Rocks - Backstage and Front RowFrom having attended a Haddad Brands fashion show in the past, we knew we were in for some serious entertainment.

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Similar to what Haddad Brands did at NY Fashion Week,they again featured additional entertainment in between shows with performers like Street Justice Crew and Bobbi Chambers of Broadway’s School of Rock as well as DJ Little Club Heads spinning live throughout the event.

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There was a lot of action coming down this runway – even from the models themselves.   You didn’t just see your usual sashays..

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Of all the kids’ fashion shows that we’ve seen, Haddad Brands definitely has the most swagger.

BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 09: A model walks the runway at BKLYN Rocks presented by City Point, Kids Foot Locker, and Haddad Brands at City Point on November 9, 2016 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for City Point)

Not to mention some of the best music!

BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 09: A model walks the runway at BKLYN Rocks presented by City Point, Kids Foot Locker, and Haddad Brands at City Point on November 9, 2016 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for City Point)

Look at little Juliet on the left taking in all the fashions!  She gets so into it!  She actually gets upset if she finds out that I went to a fashion show without her.

BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Models walk the runway at BKLYN Rocks presented by City Point, Kids Foot Locker, and Haddad Brands at City Point on November 9, 2016 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for City Point)

Such cute kids!!

BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 09: A model walks the runway at BKLYN Rocks presented by City Point, Kids Foot Locker, and Haddad Brands at City Point on November 9, 2016 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for City Point)

Check out our Instagram feed for more video coverage of this great fashion show!

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It’s where you can see more of this minifashionista’s OOTDs, stylish play dates and NYC adventures!

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 The event furthers A Fabolous Way’s mission to empower and inspire a culture of achievement for New York City communities where opportunities are few and far between. As part of the event donation, the show will launch City Point’s BKLYN BORN collection, a tribute to borough pride, which will be sold with 40 percent of proceeds benefiting A Fabolous Way. Shop the looks now on kidsfootlocker.com.

 

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With our suitcase packed with Kidpik Basics and Cat and Jack pieces, Juliet and I headed to Central Park.  Styling kids has been a passion of mine ever since having one myself and ever since I left my professional career where I used to style all the Saks Fifth Avenue models at the LI store.  As part of a continued photography series with Danny Weiss, I styled Pilar (pictured below) along with my daughter in coordinated outfits.   Luckily, Pilar was just as into an impromptu tea party as Juliet was!  The two met, and immediately bonded.

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As if they were friends forever, they happily blew bubbles, played pretend and posed supermodel style with no fussing or complaining about accessories or outfit changes.  They knew the drill.  080116_shelbyjohn_1517 080116_shelbyjohn_1473 080116_shelbyjohn_1451

Accessories and props are all from Juliet’s closet.  For more shoots that I’ve helped style, click here!  For more of Danny Weiss’s photography, click here!

 

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I LOVE kids, fashion and event planning so when I had the opportunity to combine all these passions with this white-themed glamping photo shoot that I produced and styled in partnership with Mialandyn  I got SOO excited!   With a mix of fashions and accessories from Juliet’s closet and what the models brought to set, I styled each of these cuties in the outfits shown below.  Using just white and metallic accents, each girl looked so sweet in their head-to-toe whites, didn’t they?

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Sofia, Madelyn, and Winter were such precious dolls to work with!  Check out their other photo shoot with me for our fab_fourth here. 

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For this shoot, we wanted to offer a preview of the upcoming Fab Kids Summer Glamp that has been in my head for half a year.  I envisioned white teepees (these are rentable and owned by Mialandyn Events), smores sets and a glamping atmostphere and I think this shoot really brought those ideas to life!

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If you want to style a picturesque glamping play date or party at your own home, here are the elements I suggest you find:

  • greenery (whether it be plants as shown here, or faux grass decorative placemats and balls, or fresh flowers what would a glamping scene be without a little bit of the outdoors brought in)?
  • teepee or tent
  • smores (everything from smores flavored Chips Ahoy cookies, to cake pops, to rice krispy treats and cereals are available at your nearest grocer now)
  • lots of pillows which make any lounging area more comfy and isn’t that what we’re all trying to achieve when glamping?
  • decorative mat to sit on.  We chose fur ‘cuz what is more luxe than that?  white fur blanket for underneath the teepee and a real pony-haired piece for the smores making area.  But any pretty blanket or rug will do!
  • wild animals – I brought out white stuffed animals for this all-white shoot but for your glamping scene, any stuffed animal will help bring out the outdoors in while giving the kids a cute prop to pose with.

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The snack area featured these pretty little baskets, milk bottles and party straws, pretzels and popcorn, and even chocolate covered Marshmallows! Special thanks to Brooklyn Cake Pops who specially designed and created these sparkly desserts just for our shoot!

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They were enjoyed by ALL!  Special thanks to our photographer, Ania for all these wonderful photos and for taking time out of her busy day to collaborate with us! Check out Mialandyn for all your party planning needs (and to buy these cool balloons too!)  She can even customize them for your party theme like she did for us here with the white florals!

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For more info on how I can style your kids and or produce a shoot for you, feel free to email me at fabgabblog@gmail.com.  Other photo shoot styling sessions can be seen here and at my Fab Kids photo site.

Click here to find out how to create a white party in 8 easy steps!

Stay tuned for all the details on the Summer Glamp ticketed event I produced in NYC for  Fab Kids!

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DSW kids invited us to enjoy a NY night out and celebrate their highly anticipated kids’ shoe department along with their nationwide back-to- school donation drive with Soles4Souls.  Over 200 doors in more than 40 states will be collecting new and gently worn shoes for the charitable organization which distributes shoes to the needy.  And we couldn’t be happier to help!  After all, we certainly had outgrown shoes to donate.  And I love taking any opportunity to teach Juliet (even at age 3) to appreciate and be thankful.  We have helped her sponsor other kids her age through World Vision and have used the opportunity to discuss how different their lifestyle is and the need to give back to those less fortunate.  So it was to no surprise that I found her happily able to give away her shoes at the event.  She understood the importance.

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And it was truly a treat to not only give back but also to do so in such a beautiful setting!  620 Loft and Garden at Rockefeller Plaza overlooked the stunning St. Patrick’s cathedral allowing for some incredible views!

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DSW really seemed to know how to throw a kid-friendly party, one that parents and kids would both enjoy.  Open bar, networking and tarot card reading for the parents and cute kid DJ,  popcorn, snow cones, hot dogs and this interactive piano for the adults er I mean the kids too!DSC_9504 dsw event

Oh and did I mention they had a flip flop bar??  That’s what’s hiding in the DSW goody bag pictured above!  Speaking of shoes, Juliet’s suede gladiators that everyone was going gaga over at the event were an online find and a steal at just $23.  The dress is vintage.  I love unique deals (as every DSW customer does)!dsw kids party

As the night drew on and we met old and new friends, we suddenly realized that we had closed the party down!  The sun was setting, people were scrambling for their last snow cone and farewells were being had.

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You know it’s a good party when you’re not yet ready to leave!  Thank YOU DSW for providing a fun time for both us parents and kids.  See, perhaps partying with your parents ain’t so bad after all.

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My Instagram husband doesn’t understand or care for social media even when I try to convert him with stories of amazing collaborations that have happened through it like my most recent collab with famed kids photographer Molly Magnuson and the very talented Jessah Amarante from The Beauty Maiden.  Jessah contacted me wanting to work with little Juliet as her hair and makeup muse.  I styled the shoot and Molly shot it. Together we made a terrific team!  Just check out some of the pictures!

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I styled Juliet with a vintage dress and some socks and shoes from a wholesaler contact of mine.  The headpiece was a crazy concoction from a very dear friend who created this for her Burning Man trip – who would ever have imagined that it would get another use from a 3 year old minifashionista!

We went for a Pocohontas, tribal look inspired from Jessah’s vision board featuring an enlarged feathered headpiece, similar to this one.

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I have to say, these shots are pretty stunning!

For the next outfit, I went an entirely different direction.  I wanted simple and sweet, something less editorial and more timeless.

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There’s something innocent about bare feet and this frou frou dress, I think.

For the next series, I styled it a little quirky, adding a touch of trendy nerdiness to it.

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I’m a sucker for nerd glasses on kids.  I just wish I had a mini briefcase for her to carry and complete this look haha.

Stay tuned and subscribe for another photo shoot I just styled for 3 kids in NYC!  And let me know if you have any styling questions in the comments below.  I’m always available for collabs and styling jobs.  You can contact me at fabgabblog@gmail.com

 

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Getting the mail is so much more exciting nowadays with the advent of subscription box services.  Suddenly in addition to the usual spam and bills, I pick up celebrity chef designed foods, kids toys and fashions.  This blog post is a review of Sprouting Threads, the latest styling service geared to kids aged 2-8.

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They send you a box full of clothes hand-picked for you based on the style profile you submitted online (a fun and easy pictorial Q&A).

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It gives the members options of frequency, quantity & assortment to meet your needs. The $20 styling fee can be credited toward a purchase of two or more new items – keep what you want and return the rest for free (return label is included just in case).  You can opt for monthly or seasonal deliveries and can receive between 2 and 5 outfits per delivery.  Prices vary depending on what is kept. Appaman, Tea and Andy & Evan are just a few of the popular boutique brands that they work with.  Below is a plaid “Blue Pony Vintage” Sprouting Threads dress that we styled with a H&M fur vest, Old Navy tights and Fab Kids fringe boots. IMG_0705

Juliet wore this outfit to her friend’s birthday party.

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The service is a great way to introduce yourself to new brands that you may be unfamiliar with.  The below “Go Gently Baby” mock turtleneck dress for instance was so cute paired with a blazer, sneakers, tights and a purse already in our closet.

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Juliet looked extra studious wearing this getup to school.

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One of the full outfits that we chose to keep included this plaid flannel blouse and cordoroy pant set from Tea.  Here you see it paired with classic boots, a Gap ear headband and gifted sunglasses and stuffed animal.

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This was her on the way to the candy shop – cool and always ready to pose for momarazzi.

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Today for school, she sported the comfy fuschia leggings found in our subscription box.  It’s by Tooby Doo.  And here it’s paired with a Jcrew coat and First Impressions Baby tee.

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Her smile here perfectly replicated mine when I received this fashionable box of goodies.

The unique feature with Sprouting Threads is how sustainable of a brand they are.  They promote re-using and re-cycling of clothes, something I’m also an advocate of.   When your child has outgrown an item, you can return it for 20% credit toward your next package.  And you can also send in your gently used kids fashions (not originally sent by Sprouting Threads) in for a possible credit to their service.  For more information, visit Sprouting Threads and receive 25% off your first box with code “STELLA25.”   Let me know what you think!

Full disclosure.  This post was sponsored by Sprouting Threads. I received a complimentary subscription box to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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Easter is all about the hunt.  And Fab Kids hunt for the perfect Easter fashions way ahead of time.  With one month to go and this handy Fab Kids shopping list, you’re sure to have a picturesque holiday.  Just hunt for these 5 fab kids’ accessories:

  1.  Bunny Ears.  Bunny ears come in all shapes and sizes these days.  You don’t have to just go with the dollar store white and pink ones anymore.  Choose your outfit, and I promise, there will be a perfectly coordinating bunny ear set out there for you somewhere.  Shop Etsy for instance, or get your glue gun out and craft your own!easter fab kids
  2. Mini top hat.  Top hats scream fancy.  And mini-top hats are just well, fancy, and freakin’ adorable!  And isn’t that what your fab kid should be on Easter?  Place one of these miniature top hats on a child and you’ve got yourself instant cuteness overload.  If you don’t believe me, just check out these fab kids from around the world sporting what I think is one of the most unique Easter accessories you could own. mini top hat
  3. Oversized flower crown.  Nothing says spring more than flowers.  Supersize them and your child will attract adoring fans everywhere she goes.  She’ll be an instant mood booster to everyone who sees her!flower crown
  4. Easter hat.  If the above head accessories are not your style, go the traditional route and hunt for the perfect Easter hat.  Accessorize Accessorize Accessorize.  Easter is the one time when your head should NOT be bare.  easter hats
  5. Sunglasses. The Easter outfit begs for a bit of swagger and what better to boost that than a pair of hot sunglasses?  Even the shyest kid will look cooler and more confident with some shades.  Plus they make for memorable superstar photos.  Try it out!kids sunglasses

For more fabulous inspiration and the most amazing minifashionistas from around the world, be sure to follow @fab_kids on IG and FB!  Have fun hunting!  How do you usually play dress up during Easter?

 

 

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